Author: Em Carpenter

Em was one of those argumentative children who was sarcastically encouraged to become a lawyer, so she did. She is a proud life-long West Virginian, and, paradoxically, a liberal. In addition to writing about society, politics and culture, she enjoys cooking, podcasts, reading, and pretending to be a runner. She will correct your grammar. You can find her on Twitter.
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Wednesday Writs: The Daubert Standard

L1: In 1973 in California, a woman gave birth to a baby boy who, although tests would later reveal him to have normal chromosomes, was born with severe deformities in his limbs. Doctors could...

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Wednesday Writs: SCOTUS and Almighty God Edition

L1: A Pennsylvania law passed in December 1959 required, at the outset of a school day, the recitation of ten verses from the Holy Bible, to be read over the school intercom or in...

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Of Poverty, Cancer, Bureaucracy, and Death

This is how a vibrant 50 year old woman goes from active to death’s threshold in a few weeks’ time. It all happened faster than the wheels of bureaucracy turn.

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Wednesday Writs: US v. 40 Barrels and 20 Kegs of Coca Cola

In this week’s edition of Wednesday Writs: the dangerous ingredients of early 20th century Coca Cola – no, not that; a fight for Tim Horton’s, revelations in the history of GOP redistricting, and more. Don’t miss out!

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Wednesday Writs: Hamdi v. Rumsfeld

Suspected enemy combatants at Gitmo were not permitted rights afforded to US citizens. But with Hamdi, the government ran into a wrinkle: He was, in fact, a US citizen.

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Of Popcorn Poppers and Pelotons

It’s not that I see this Peloton ad as dangerously glamorizing compulsive exercise or obsession with appearance; it’s not that deep.

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Wednesday Writs: Brown v. Plata and Prison Reform Edition

This week, Plata v. Brown case of the week highlighting the need for prison reforms, West Virginia charges prisoners to read, Adnan Sayed of Serial fame, litigating the happiness of cows, dumb crooks, and more.

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Wednesday Writs: PGA Tour v. Martin

This week’s writs include SCOTUS on golf, a death row reprieve, Breaking Bad comes to life, Assange whines about his crappy jail computer, and more!

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Slummin’ in Appalachia

Invariably, this brand of poverty tourism results in another iteration of the same article that’s been written dozens of times already.

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Wednesday Writs: United States v. Leonard Peltier

It’s Wednesday! Celebrate by reading this week’s Wednesday Writs, your round up of law and legal related stories from all over. This week: The controversial case of Leonard Peltier. Plus: SCOTUS takes up DACA but leaves Sandy Hook’s parents’ lawsuit against Remington alive; the Baby Trump Balloon slasher, justice for sale, and, for once, a SMART criminal of the week. Read, comment and share!

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Harry Potter and the Many Faces of Motherhood

Harry Potter, both on screen and in the books, is also about the many iterations of motherhood, how it manifests, and the many ways in which it alters the world.

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Later, Kimmy Jo

“Life’s a garden man. Dig it!” That’s the tagline on my friend Kim’s Facebook profile. It’s a fitting slogan for a woman like her, a happy-go-lucky girl who never took anything too seriously. Even...